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CDC likely to add COVID vaccines to childhood immunization guidance

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Shauna Andrus, left, a nurse volunteering at the University of Washington Medical Center, gives the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Emmy Slonecker, 7, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — An advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet today to discuss and vote on adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which the nation’s schools rely on for guidance.

Tuesday on Twitter, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo stated that “regardless of what the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) decides, nothing changes in FL.”

That the likely CDC decision will not force kids to get COVID-19 vaccines in order to attend school in Florida.
Ultimately, the decision of whether schools require the COVID vaccine cannot be decided at the federal level by the CDC. It’s made at the local level and 12 states mandate that schools follow CDC guidelines establish vaccine requirements for school children.